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Sat, May. 26th, 2018, 09:01 am [sticky post]
2018: Running2Win log

2018 running goal: Be able to participate in the 4 mile Garret Mt race that takes place in Oct. Training would start the week of Aug 13. I'm still not sure if i'll be in proper condition... but I would like to at least try and get there. Currently, I'm taking my training runs, slow and steady. For now, I'm not interested in time... but more interested in being able to gradually increase mileage... pain free.

MAY: My weekly mileage
5.1
5.8
6.6

14 - 20th 21 - 27th 28 - 3rd

JUNE My weekly mileage
7.5 7.3

4th - 9th 11th - 16th


JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Sat, Jun. 9th, 2018, 04:54 pm
Wrist update...

Well, apparently i have missed like, a little over a month of gym class i feel due to my wrist. I've tried even taking easy classes... like yoga, and doing like the downward facing dog would hurt my wrist.

FINALLy, i ended up seeing a dr about it.
he gave me 2 different braces to wear - one at night and during the day AND, he gave me anti inflammatory prescription medication. I won't lie, the medication works like magic. OMG, i felt so much pain in my wrist during certain movements and i hardly feel the pain anymore.

when doing bicep exercises i couldnt supinate my wrist without feeling pain, so i would use the ez bar instead.... to keep my wrist in neutral. but with this medication the dr prescribed me.. i can feel the night and day difference... BUT i feel cautious tho still. I mean, just because the meds has eased my sense of discomfort.. does that mean, is it still safe to return back to my normal routine? I am playing it safe... i learned the HArd way with my ankle. I don't want to over due it with my wrist and cause any more unnecessary damage. so yeah, i think i'll prolly hold off with gym class another couple of weeks. Maybe try the third week. not sure. I just know that i have a follow up with the dr.. the 4th week.

and all i know is that i would feel better knowing i could feel this pain free when i stop taking the medication...

Sat, May. 26th, 2018, 09:28 am
Injuries SUck...

sprained my wrist in a really bad way a few weeks ago. 3 weeks later, it aint feeling good still. i feel i ended up causing cartilage damage to my wrist... the ulnar side. I cant supinate without feeling pain. I cant do a regular push up without feeling pain. I dont know whats worse, ankle sprain or wrist... this wrist injury has caused me to miss a lot of gym class the last few weeks...

i was like at this point where I've started to run regularly and then BAM, i took a spill and injured my wrist with the fall.

I listen to the radio often.
I take on a new perspective during the sports section.
they always talk about whatever athlete suffering from some type of injury. hamstring, shoulder, or whatever type of strain. I guess no matter how active and strong u maybe.. your just not immune when avoiding injury.. it even happens to professional athletes.

just hoping my wrist situation heals soon.
plan on seeing a dr for it...

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018, 11:01 pm
the impossible plank...

Oh yeah, a new favorite exercise i found online.
its called the impossible plank.

u take a plate. lay it standing up on its edge.
yeah, thats right, its EDGE.
hold your hands on the side of the plate.
go into plank position and hold on for dear life...

first time trying it...
i couldnt even hold it for 10 seconds.
i've gotten better at it tho...
can hold it for at least 30 seconds.
want to get up to at least a minute tho..

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018, 09:58 pm
almost 6 months later... FINALLY getting into the groove...

I remember after my marathon experience and i ended up returning back to gym class, particularly bodypump... my mind felt like, WHAT THE FUCK?! EVERYTHING felt like it weighed a TON. Even the warm up weight, it felt like a TON to me. SO HEAVY. EVERYthing feeling extra heavy, extra difficult to lift even a light weight...

I've only been taking one gym class a week lately. dunno. been hesitant to take any other class due to my ankle. but i've been training hard on my own tho. I've been watching a lot of fitness channels in general... i think learning a lot about myself and my weaknesses. and its my weaknesses that I've been training/focusing on lately. after work, i've been training a lot at englewood cliffs gym. I pass by it first before i hit home... so, it works perfectly for me.

i feel I'm quad dominant, particularly on my right side... but everything else on my right, is fairly weak actually. weak glutes, weak hamstrings, weak calves... which are all muscles that are located on the back side. i also have a weak hip. this wasnt my first time spraining my ankle. albiet it was my first serious sprain... but it just makes sense to me as to why i've been prone to this... due to my weaknesses, muscular imbalances i have.. which i've been focused hard in correcting.

I remember I would end up having hamstring problems. always thinking, it feels SO TIGHt. like i have to keep on stretching it. but its the OPPOSIte. My hamstrings are already actually over stretched enough.. I need to strengthen it instead.

been working out my glute medial and abductor muscles too. I am reminded of pilates class. Sometimes u may see a big muscular guy participate in such a class... but they have trouble surviving even the simplest of moves... moving your leg sideways up and down..

if i was capable of training for the marathon all over again... i'd do it differently. Or, I guess i CAn do it differently... once i get into training mode for running again. and I think i am a strong believer that.. while strength training may not necessarily make u a faster runner... it will make u a STRonger, more stable runner. and that... focusing on strengthening your smaller muscles is just as important as the bigger muscles. Meaning, classes like pilates and cx i view as just as significant as like classes like bodypump. I have taken pilates in the past.. but these days, i prefer challenging myself more tho using some type of resistance more than whats used in class... anyways, i think that was one mistake i made. there was a point where i stopped strength training all together... lacking focus on maintaining my strength, but just focused purely on running.. i think even if it meant going lighter in weights, i think strength training is an important aspect to running also.

Anyways, tuesdays are my heavy training days where i try and do heavy front squats and deadlifts. and omg, today in bodypump class... during the warm up weight... i had to do a double take... like it felt SO LIGHT. did i really only have just merely 10 lbs on each end? it felt like a good feeling.. cuz i remember when i had returned to that class after my marathon experience... and remembering how HEAVY that warm up weight felt to me. almost half a year later... and FINALLY, i feel i had the confidence of using 60 lbs in the squat track.

curious about grit strengths new release. actually i am curious about all the grit classes. i have avoided those classes all this time. not sure if i am capable of plyo class. just hesitant cuz of my ankle. but in my mind, i think i'd be stronger in that class... due to the fact i've been focusing on strengthening my weak muscles. thinking about taking strength class tomorrow. not sure. I am just curious about its new release.

i'm thinking in may, i will see my podiatrist to get a follow up check up. really want to get back into running. but want to do it in an appropriate manner. after this experience, i want to continue to remain injury free...

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018, 09:18 pm
BEST lunge track EVER!!!!

Sometimes when an instructor advises to go easy...
u gotta make up your own mind...
and just take up the challenge anyways...

even without the plate, i know it would have been still hard..
but with the plate, it was EXTREMELY hard
i feel i ended up literally gritting my teeth.

anyways, since i used the plate the whole entire way thru...
i'm like thinking ahead...
u think i'd be capable of using the bar
the whole entire way thru also?

Mon, Apr. 16th, 2018, 06:13 pm
Desi for the boston win...

AMAZING...
Couldnt happen to a more deserving person...
feel really inspired by her win...

and OH, she is only 5'1"
that to me is something...

I'm 4'10"
ive always felt my short stature
held me back from being a fast runner compared to others...
ppl like her inspire me tho...

Sun, Apr. 15th, 2018, 09:25 pm
Boston Marathon...

Never took an interest in such event.
but its currently my life goal to want to qualify and make it there by the time i hit 50.

this year, there is a great line up of american woman who have the potential to win this year. But OMG, i felt SO SAD when i read the news about Jorday Hasay dropping out. SO SAD feeling yet at the same time... understandable. its kinda like an inspiring decision to me in a way.. like it was a SMARt decision to make when u think about long term.

I feel like i am just an ordinary, regular person...
but even ELITe athletes suffer from injuries and set backs...

I think about my own ankle injury...
and i admit, i stopped running all together...
decided some time in march to just lay off...
not run the whole month of april and see how i feel in May...
and I am reminded...
i just need time and patience
to just let it heal completely...

Thu, Feb. 22nd, 2018, 08:34 pm
DESPERATE!!!!

Right so, I feel im still in recovery mode for my ankle. My ankle injury I feel being my first signifigant injury. I had no idea it would be such a slow process. At this time... im thinking that my marathon training was 18 weeks... and im thinking thats the amount of time I need to be completely healed... but im hoping sooner.


I feel I have made improvements tho. At this time... I run 1 mile once a week. For now... 1 mile is sufficient... anything more I feel im overworking my ankle. And I do it once a week... cuz I need time to recover. Last week... I ran 1 mile... but I felt my ankle got swollen afterwards... and I felt soreness. Had to take a week off before trying another 1 mile run


Ran 1 mile today. Best run so far... in terms of how I felt but I can tell my ankle doesnt feel perfect yet. I feel a knot a tightness. When I rotate my ankle is when I feel the most soreness. But walking, being on my feel all day at work is no problem.


Anyways, my pt ended in jan. But I feel ive been very disciplined when continuing with my leg/ankle exercise on my own tho. but still... I feel my recovery feels painfully slow. I just want to get back into running... start training for my 5k by april. And id like to actually participate in gym class more. But at this time... im being cautious.

I feel ive just grown desperate in a way realizing how painfully slow my recovery time seems to be. That... ive succumbed to taking supplements and vitamins. ligaments are made of collagen... and I need more healthy collagen produced. Anyways, ive started to take collagen powder. And ive started to take vitamin c... and oh yeah, and fish oil too. All things that ive read that are helpful for ligament repair. Yeah, in addition to exercice/strength training/stretching... I feel im digesting my way to recovery too.... when it comes to taking in the proper vitamins and minerals I need. I feel desperate I guess... hoping every bit of effort helps at this point...

Thu, Jan. 11th, 2018, 03:33 pm
and i have a lot of faith in physical therapy...

i honestly think so far physical therapy has helped my form in bodypump class...

i have always noticed that during the squat track...
i always ended up having this un even foot stance.
my right foot being slightly bit behind.
in the past i would try and keep my feet even...
but it never ended up feeling comfortable for me...
so, i ended up reverting back putting my right foot slightly behind..

in physical therapy while it was my ankle i went in for...
a lot of the exercises they have made me do
has to deal a lot with single leg exercises
dealing with my hip flexors and abductors...

yesterday i attended bodypump for the first time
after being absent for a couple of weeks
my ankle just wasnt feeling physically well.
but i feel i ended up crossing this hurdle
and for the first time...
i ended up feeling great improvement..
yeah, sometimes it takes GREAT discipline
to back off...

anyways, in bodypump class last night...
during the squat track...
i had been so surprised looking down at my feet...
that they were at an even stance...
and i remained at an even stance thru out the whole track...
that felt like a significant moment for me...
and i honestly believe it has to deal with physical therapy...
it helping me fix some of my muscular imbalances...

attended bodycombat class too yesterday.
and OMG, i prolly should have not done some of the moves...
as my physical therapist mentioned that i need to
EASE into running. but running in place in bodycombat last night...
just felt so good to me...
the last time i took bodycombat class several weeks ago...
i think during thanksgiving - oh man, so painful...
decided not to attend that class after that..
i have not gone running once since the marathon...
last night was the closest thing i experienced so far...
i know it. i'm eager to start running again...
but i gotta show some discipline...
and ease into first..

after this week...
i have two more weeks of physical therapy to go..
i'm gonna miss it.
my first day at physical therapy...
i loved the thorough assessment they did on me...
and i have viewed my training with them to be beneficial...
and i know that i am going to continue
with the various physical therapy exercises after its over...

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